“Like” is a very useful word in English and has a lot of different meanings and uses. Today, we’ll look at a few ways we can use “like” as a verb, preposition, suffix and conjunction.
As a verb, “like” means to enjoy something. We can put “like” before nouns, gerunds, to-infinitives and wh-clauses. Here are some examples:
・I like spending time with my family on the weekends.
・I like to take a long walk during my lunch break.
・I like how you organized the storage room.
As a preposition, “like” means that something is similar to something else. Here are some examples:
・He sounds like a nice person.
・This house is like a castle.
・She runs like a cheetah.
We can also use “like” as a suffix at the end of a noun to mean “similar to.” This changes the noun to an adjective. Here are some examples:
・He may seem very childlike and innocent, but actually he is quite sneaky.
・My boss has a very snakelike face.
“Like” can also be used as a conjunction meaning “as” in order to join two clauses.
・Like my mother always told me, it’s important to take care of your health.
・You shouldn’t talk to your boss like you talk to your friends.